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Kashmir Unrest: Govt asks Oil depot owners to ‘stop’ distributing fuel

“From yesterday morning, Oil depots including Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil have stopped distributing fuel to the dealers in the valley,” Bilal Ahmad, spokesperson of Petrol Dealers Association, Kashmir, told KNS.
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Srinagar | Posted : Aug 18 2016 12:41PM | Updated: Aug 18 2016 3:21PM
Kashmir Unrest: Govt asks Oil depot owners to ‘stop’ distributing fuel
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The government has asked the oil depots in the Valley not to distribute fuel to dealers, a move which could cripple life in Kashmir already reeling under harsh curfew since July 09.

“From yesterday morning, Oil depots including Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil have stopped distributing fuel to the dealers in the valley,” Bilal Ahmad, spokesperson of Petrol Dealers Association, Kashmir, told KNS.

“While BP depot owner said that he has closed down due to Raksha Bandhan festival, HP and Indian Oil depot owners said that they have shut due to technical errors in their machines,” Ahmad said.

“But we have learnt that the divisional administration, Kashmir, has asked them to stop distributing fuel to the dealers,” he added.

The move is likely to backfire as consumers and petrol dealers are fuming at the government’s decision.

"In this crisis, only those people use consume fuel who need to go to hospitals to attend to the patients or media persons who need to perform their professional duties,” said Zahid Wani, a car owner.

The petrol dealers said that in the ongoing crises they would distribute oil to ambulances or persons facing an emergency.

Oil companies, HP, BP and Indian oil have their depots at Sempora and Kadlabal in Pampore town in Pulwama district.

Their owners have refused the fuel supply from yesterday morning. (KNS)